The NTSB Highlights Ways to Improve Truck Safety

Truck safety has a direct effect on the rest of us road-dwellers.

Even though we're a site devoted to passenger cars, tractor-trailer safety affects us all. Most roads of any decent size have their fair share of 18-wheelers rolling down them. They keep goods moving across the country, so they're not going anywhere. It would stand to benefit all drivers, then, if truck safety measures were scrutinized as much as car safety measures are.

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BMW Bolts, Volkswagen Trannies, Ford Misfires

Your recall roundup for the week of 4/10 to 4/17.

BMW has an active recall on almost half a million vehicles, due to an issue with an engine bolt. It affects vehicles all over the world, all of which are equipped with the N55 inline-six engine that includes both VANOS and Valvetronic systems. Evidently, bolts holding the VANOS unit in place might loosen up, sending the engine into a low-power "limp mode" or throwing a check-engine light. Worst case scenario, the car will either stall out or not start up at all.

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Recallmageddon: Toyota Recalls Six Million Cars

Never mind recall themes, the theme is now recalls.

We apologize for the onslaught of recall-related news in the past few weeks. However, with the typical pre-auto-show lack of automaker-supplied news, and with GM currently being fed to the lions in Congress, that's the topic du jour. And before it gets better, it'll get worse. Just this week, Toyota announced a recall that covers six million vehicles worldwide.

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Buying a Leaf? Here's Some Free Electricity

It's yet another incentive to get you to drop gasoline entirely.

There are already a number of incentives meant to entice buyers into electric cars. The federal government will give you tax credits worth up to $7,500, based on the size of the car's battery. State governments also offer incentives, although it varies by state. Now, Nissan itself is ready to give you a bit of financial relief by paying for your new Leaf's "fill-ups."

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Mercedes Plans to Help First Responders

Rescue Assist will make everybody's job a little easier.

Cutting into a car with the Jaws of Life isn't exactly easy. It's easy in the sense that the tool can quickly make its way through a car's outer shell to rescue a trapped individual. However, once you realize that modern cars are loaded with high-voltage wires, explosive airbags, and all sorts of other dangers, it can become a risky proposition. That's what Mercedes-Benz is trying to fix with its Rescue Assist program.

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Road Salt Contributes to the Latest Ford Recall

Big Blue Oval must have been feeling left out of the recall race.

Even though spring is on the way, winter is still rearing its ugly head in different forms. This time, the salt we use to keep our roads clear of ice has been contributing to some corrosion issues for Ford, a problem they've faced in the past, albeit on different models. Between that and a new seatback recall, Ford's looking at about half a million vehicles that need to head back to the dealership.

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